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31 Days of Horror 2016: Horror-Rama Canada

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Halfway to Halloween, and here in Toronto, the scarestivities are well underway. The Toronto After Dark Film Festival is bringing the shivers to the Scotiabank Theatre for the next week. And this weekend, the third annual Horror-Rama Canada convention is turning the Hyatt Regency into a horror hotel.

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Remembering Gunnar Hansen

posterThey say you never forget your first. I know this is at least true of the first celebrity I ever met at a horror convention.    Read the rest of this entry

A Review of Monster Mania 30 Part II – The Rest

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After you’ve met your favorite horror celebrities, what else is there to do at Monster Mania? What kept me out of trouble, and did I ever get a picture with Kane Hodder? Read on to find out. Read the rest of this entry

A Review of Monster Mania 30 Part I – The Guests

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I’m convinced that the Monster Mania convention is the Disneyland for the demented. It’s one place where like-minded fans of horror and all things scary can come together for one weekend and feel comfortable in their skin. If you’ve never been to this or any other horror convention, you’re in for a real treat. Read the rest of this entry

The Camden Comic Con 2015

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Despite winter storm Thor pelting Southern New Jersey with icy snowy wrath just two day before, comic book fans, including several writers from Biff Bam Pop!, braved the cold and globs of slowly melting slush on March 7th to attend the 2nd annual Camden Comic Con at Rutgers University in Camden New Jersey.  Meet me after the jump for more!

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The GAR! Podcast: Pulp AdventureCon 2014

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week‘s episode was recorded live at the 2014 Pulp AdventureCon, and topics of discussion ranged from The Spider to The Walking Dead to the worst Halloween candy. See and hear more after the jump.

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The GAR! Podcast: Cruises, Covers, Prince, and Uncomfortable Baseball Memories

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Biff Bam Pop! presents The GAR! Podcast, the Glenn Walker and Ray Cornwall weekly podcast where they talk unrehearsed about whatever happens to come to mind. It’s an audio-zine for your mind, a nerd exploration of a nerd world. This week, we’re talking about Glenn’s vacation on the TCM Classic Cruise, Ray’s rules for cover songs, the genius of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” and ultimately what George Brett will be remembered for. See and hear more after the jump.

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31 Days of Horror 2014 – Mimesis

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We’re all genre fans here. We’ve all been to a comic, movie, scifi, or horror convention and run into roleplayers and cosplayers that just take things a bit too seriously. And then there are the ones who take it too far, enough to creep us out a little. That’s who inspired Douglas Schulze’s Mimesis. Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on this bizarre and frightening revision and reenactment of Night of the Living Dead.

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Steampunk Granny Does Monster-Mania

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I get myself into many adventures, and that’s okay, because you meet the nicest people. Some people are downright interesting. This past weekend, Cherry Hill, NJ hosted the Monster-Mania Convention at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. What is Monster-Mania? I didn’t know, but I was about to find out.  Did I have fun? Find out after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Fan Expo Heads West: An Interview With Fan Expo Vancouver’s James Armstrong

For many of Biff Bam Pop’s contributors and friends, August is a big time for us, since Fan Expo Canada touches down in Toronto, full of comic book creators, sci-fi and horror celebs and lots and lots of merchandise to be had. A highlight for JP Fallavollita and myself was the chance to meet Stan Lee a few years back – an awesome experience.

Now, the folks at Hobby Star Marketing have set their sights west, with Fan Expo Vancouver, running April 21-22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. Event Co-ordinator James Armstrong was kind enough to answer some questions via email about the new iteration of the biggest fan experience in Canada.

Andy Burns: Why is 2012 the right time for Fan Expo to head west?

James Armstrong: Our team had several hurdles to deal with in expanding our schedule to include an event in Vancouver. One, is our flagship event, Fan Expo Canada is in August and has grown to one of the largest shows of its kind in the world. It takes about 18 months of planning and hundreds of moving pieces to make FEC happen, so we had to budget our time to make another event happen and that time is best for us at the beginning of the year. As far away from FEC as possible. Secondly, we wanted the Vancouver event to be at the Vancouver Convention Centre, and no where else. It turns out that is the same idea a lot of other events have because it was difficult for us to book space in the facility due to how busy they are with other events! And thirdly, we did not want to conflict with another event out West, especially with our friends at the Calgary Expo. Finally, early this year, all of these factors came together and we are excited to launch April 21-22.

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